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Tuesday 25 July 2017

CAB chases notorious south Dublin crime gang boss for more than €2m

Earlier this week, the mob was the focus of a major garda operation in Munster. Stock picture
Earlier this week, the mob was the focus of a major garda operation in Munster. Stock picture

The Criminal Assets Bureau is seeking a judgement of more than €2m from the alleged leader of one of the country's most prolific burglary gangs.

John Wall (51) from Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght, has been ordered to pay CAB a total €2,014,864, in a judgement the bureau obtained from the veteran criminal last month.

The Herald understands that this judgement relates to cash and assets controlled by Wall and his notorious organised burglary gang that also has many members in Co Kildare.

Earlier this week, the mob was the focus of a major garda operation in Munster and sources say gardai will continue to investigate the crew. The Herald can reveal that Wall's mob is classified as one of 19 serious organised criminal gangs based in the DMR south division.

Stole

Wall has a number of previous convictions and received a jail sentence for his role in an incident in 2006 when he and his associates broke into four houses in separate areas of Killarney, Co Kerry, in just 40 minutes, on the night of Saturday, March 25, that year.

They stole cash, jewellery, clothing and tools while the householders were out.

In a high-speed getaway along the Cork/Kerry border later that night, two garda cars were rammed and the burglars' car sped through Millstreet, Co Cork, with its back wheel blown out and sparks flying.

The burglars were apprehended in Millstreet after their car became immobilised.

Wall moved to the Tallaght area when he was a teenager in the 1970s but within a decade, his activities brought him to the attention of gardai.

Officers have always suspected that his "interest" in horses and antiques was just a front for his criminal activities.

Sources say that senior gardai consider his gang "highly organised" and includes at least 11 main players including three thugs aged between 38 and 45 as well as 'foot-soldiers' some of whom are juveniles.

"The modus operandi of this gang was seen when they were busted in Co Kerry all those years ago. They identify a provincial town, use the motorway network to get to it and then on occasion carry out 12 burglaries in that town before escaping back to Dublin. But not before hiding their loot at a secure location and changing cars," a senior source said last night.

In September, 2014, a car seized by CAB from an associate of Wall was stolen two days later from a storage compound before being recovered by gardai.

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